Archives for November 2018

It’s the Peak of Dear Mating Season.

We’re at the peak of deer mating season. With a few weeks left in the season, the Tennessee Department of Safety says there have been more than 56-hundred deer-related crashes in the state this year. Nearly 200 of them have happened in Shelby County. Experts say collisions between deer and cars are even more likely in Arkansas and Mississippi.

Mississippi Cigrette Tax Hike

There will be Another attempt at the state capitol next year to pass a big increase in Mississippi’s cigarette tax. A coalition of health groups is working to convince the legislature that raising the tax by a-dollar-50- a pack would save lives by discouraging smoking. The coalition says a new poll shows strong public support for the tax increase with almost three out of four Mississippians in favor of it — including a majority of smokers.

Ripley Convicted of Child Porn

A Ripley man is headed to prison on federal child porn charges. He was convicted of downloading sexual images involving children through the use of Wi-Fi services at the courthouse and library. It was yesterday that a federal court judge sentenced Jeffrey Dewayne Hopkins to five years in prison, followed by ten years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay 44-thousand-dollars in restitution.

Tunica Roadhouse Casino Closing

Mississippi is losing one of its casinos. Caesars Entertainment says the Tunica Roadhouse Casino will close at the end of January as the gambling market continues to face competition from other states. The company shut down another casino in Tunica four years ago as it was going through bankruptcy.


Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith has beaten Democratic challenger Mike Espy in the runoff Senate race. Hyde-Smith spoke with W-R-E-G TV after her win…

Southaven Flying Paster

A video of a Mid-South preacher enntrace to his church has gon viral. Senior Pastor Bartholomew Orr flew in over the congragation at Brown Baptist Church on Sunday. The video sparked conversation and even some backlash. Criticism includes “only Jesus can fly” and concern over the money spent on the stunt. Pastor Orr reassured the public the zipline is in the church for the Christmas pagaent and he said the conversation is always good when it is directed towards Jesus.

Mississippi Healthcare Fraud

Another person is headed to prison in connection with Mississippi’s largest ever health care fraud case. A federal judge in Hattiesburg has sentenced pharmacist Silas Richmond the Second to serve 16 months behind bars for his role in a conspiracy to defraud TRICARE, a health benefit program that serves the military, veterans and their family members. He’s also been ordered to pay restitution totaling nearly 355-thousand-dollars. Richmond is one of 12 people linked to the multi-million-dollar fraud case.


A deputy with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office collapsed while working at the county jail Saturday and later died. According to the sheriff’s office, Lt. Ephraim Holmes collapsed while on duty around 2 Saturday afternoon. He was taken to Methodist Hospital, where he later died. Holmes was a 29-year-veteran of the department.


Memphis police say it appears to have been a case of road rage that led to a woman being shot as she waited in traffic with her children to see Christmas lights at the Memphis Zoo Saturday night. It happened just before 7 p.m. Saturday at North Parkway and North McLean. The woman told police she and her family had been waiting a half hour to see the light display, so she rolled down her window to try to talk to another driver, but he tried to cut in line and hit her front fender. That’s when she said someone in the car started shooting. The children weren’t hurt. Police say the mother will be OK.

Miss Magnolia State

Hernando resident Mackenzie Taylor was recently selected as second alternate to Junior Miss Magnolia State on Nov. 18 in Vicksburg. Rachel Russell, Junior Miss Southern Mississippi, was named as Junior Miss Magnolia State.